Venture Capital

For Google’s VC Business, Money Is No Object

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If you’ve got a great startup idea and all you need to get going is $1.5 billion, now you’ve got a place to go. In an announcement that attracted quite a bit of interest in normally jaded Silicon Valley, Google Ventures, the independently run venture capital arm of Google, announced that for at least the next five years it will boost its annual funding to $300 million from $200 million , or to $1.5 billion over five years. I don’t blame Google… continue…

Calxeda, IO Win VC Backing

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What tepid economy? Enterprise IT investments continue apace, with server-maker Calxeda and data-center operator IO pulling new funding. continue…

Robert Scoble’s Road Map to Startups

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I don’t know of anyone who has spoken to more startups than Robert Scoble, Startup Liaison At Rackspace. As part of his job he interviews startups and keeps a personal list of 1,100 of them on Facebook. TechCrunch Disrupt, I chatted with him about what it takes to find a job and for one of the hot ones. Finding the Right One First, you have to ask yourself where your risk/reward needle lands. “If you’re starting with one that’s starting… continue…

Healthcare IT Is Feeling Just Fine

No matter how America’s great healthcare debate finally ends (if it ever does), one thing’s for sure: regulations that are forcing health records to go electronic should yield an almost total transformation of electronic health records (EHR) within about five years. With organizations looking to EHR to cut costs and improve the coordination of patient care, as well as a recent Supreme Court decision that upholds the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the path is clear for… continue…

Open Source Meteor Receives $11.2 Million Investment

Meteor, a platform that help users build Web apps with JavaScript, has received $11.2 million in series A funding from Andreessen Horowitz and Matrix Partners. Like GitHub, which Andreessen Horowitz earlier invested $100 million in, the Meteor platform and framework is open source. Meteor was founded by Matt DeBergalis, Nick Martin and Geoff Schmidt, all of whom had  previously created their own browser apps. Meteor resulted from their need for a platform that could help build rich interactive, yet real-time, Web… continue…

Microsoft Wants to Be Your Angel Investor With New Bing Fund

Microsoft recently launched its Bing Fund, but it may face a challenge attracting entrepreneurs to the incubator program given media reports portraying the Redmond giant as a bureaucratic, moribund mess. Vanity Fair, for example, characterized the company as having made “astonishingly foolish management decisions” in a recent article and, of course, Microsoft has to overcome its long-standing nickname of Borg to lure entrepreneurs. Sponsored by Bing, the angel fund is “backed by the experience, expertise, and resources of Microsoft,” the… continue…

Facebook CTO Bret Taylor Heading Back to Startup World

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Facebook CTO Bret Taylor is reportedly gearing up to leave the social networking giant by the end of summer to launch a startup. His decision comes less than a month after Facebook’s famed IPO flop. Taylor apparently has a yearning to return to the startup life and will likely focus on the consumer market, says All Things Digital. Taylor told the blog he’ll also probably pick an industry with which he isn’t fully familiar. Although the timing of Taylor’s departure… continue…

Your ‘No Money’ Guide to Bootstrapping Your Business

“You can build any company you want to without having to raise any kind of money,” said Jason Nazar, CEO of document provider .docstoc, in a presentation at Future Insights Live in Las Vegas. Nazar bootstrapped his own business before taking a $4 million investment four years ago. His advice combines his own experience with lessons that the most successful entrepreneurs he ever met used to build their businesses. Here’s his advice: Principles of Bootstrapping Entrepreneurs sell ether: How do… continue…

Facebook IPO Flop Leaves Start-ups to Tighten Belt

What hath Facebook wrought? In a letter to his stable of companies that he says wasn’t supposed to go public, Paul Graham, the influential head of startup incubator and angel investor Y Combinator, tells them to lower their funding expectations and to be more conservative in their spending. Reflecting on the underwhelming Facebook IPO and its possible effect on the startup scene, Graham writes: If it means new startups raise their first money on worse terms than they would have… continue…